Danielle Brooks is currently appearing in The Color Purple on Broadway, but she’s now stepping into the modeling game.
Brooks is the new face of Lane Bryant’s Christian Siriano Collection.
“Being plus-size, it’s very easy to put a woman in a black or navy dress, but to get to show color on my chocolate skin is really fun for me, and it’s not an option that always comes around,” Brooks told PeopleStyle. “And for plus-size women to feel confident in what they’re wearing, Christian hits it on the nail with that. I really appreciate a designer of his stature saying ‘I’m going to design for every woman.’ There is such a huge market. The plus-size industry is huge.”
Brooks says she’s size 14, and although it’s considered plus-size, she’s still healthy.
“Right now, I’m embracing [the term plus size] and learning to love my size where I am, and not be ashamed of being plus-size. What is there to be ashamed of? I’m sexy. I’m fine. It’s just a number that we’ve given it. I wear a size 14. That number, I could change it to 0, it won’t matter. I’m embracing where I am and trying to stay fit and healthy in the midst of that.”
Siriano’s collection includes pops of color and timeless pieces, which is what he said his focus was on.
“I wanted it to be a lot of color,” Siriano said. “We took a lot of inspiration from 1950s ice cream parlors. I wanted there to be a lot of prints and stripes and textures, but still feel modern, with a little vintage feeling as well. I think the clothes are really great, wearable, fun and fresh, and that’s what we wanted to see.”
The collection launches on April 28.